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Pet Birds

Birds are wonderful creatures. They surround and accentuate life with their beauty…adding a harmony of colors, from soft pale yellows to bright blues and greens. In the following pages we will provide you with some essential information to help you select and care for your pet bird, including information about bird health, common bird diseases, bird feeding, and tips for keeping your bird groomed.

Things to Consider Before Buying a Bird

Available Space: Some bird species require large cages to stretch their wings. Others are content in small cages and simply need enough space to climb. Of course, selecting your bird's cage will depend mostly on the size of the bird. A 22 to 40 inch Macaw for example requires much more cage space than a 4 inch Finch.

Commitment: Amazon Parrots often live for 70 years or more. Are you ready to make a long term commitment to your pet bird? Make sure that if you are making a bird a friend for life, you mean for life. Many parrots don't adjust well to change in ownership; in fact some react worse than the most loyal of dogs, getting so depressed that they become seriously ill. Many Amazon Parrots never recover from the trauma. So if you are not absolutely sure about making a serious long-term commitment, consider a bird with less longevity.

Neatness: The good news is that most birds aren't going to be as messey as dogs. The bad news is that some kinds of birds are untidy. No matter what you do, debris will litter the area around a Mynah's cage. Others birds are able to confine their messes to inside their enclosures. Still, "neatnicks" would probably never own even the most immaculate bird. While bird species aren't generally as messy as dogs, all birds are nevertheless messy to one degree or another.

Noise: Some birds sing soft songs with lovely harmonies, while others create a daily concert of cacophony, screeching and hollering. If you live in an apartment or condo, Polly may get on your neighbor's nerves -- as well as yours. Animal shelters often receive noisy birds who were essentially, evicted. Even where pets are allowed, leases stipulate that they should not disturb the neighbors. When push comes to shove, some owners will simply move and take their bird with them. But that is easier said than done, and in the war with an unhappy landlord, the bird usually loses. It always loses when the owner is unhappy, too.